Saturday, December 31, 2005

Online Dating Soaring in Europe

Europe is experiencing the same type of online dating boom that the United States experienced three years ago.
From BrandRepublic.com -- "Whatever it is the season for, online dating websites are soaring. Channel 4 property expert Sarah Beeny has been overwhelmed by the success of her new dating site while market leader Dating Direct launches a major Christmas campaign."

"Mysinglefriend.com, created by Beeny and her childhood friend Amanda Christie, encourages friends to register their single friends who then get the opportunity to approve what their best-intentioned mates have written."

"The success of Mysinglefriend has been helped by a widespread surge in the appeal of online dating sites as they start to lose the previous stigma associated with them. Over the Christmas and New Year period DatingDirect.com, which is the biggest UK online dating website, expects a huge surge in new members and is predicting a 50% increase in membership in early 2006."

A 50% increase in business during early 2006 is huge. It's nice to see the rest of the world is catching up with the U.S. in regards to online dating popularity. Mysinglefriend is a unique site with a great concept. Friends are always trying to set up their friends, so it makes sense they will do the same thing online. Hopefully, some U.S. based dating sites will follow the trend and start offering similar features. We shall wait and see... Read the full article @ BrandRepublic.com.

Friday, December 30, 2005

Goddess Among the Nerds

From NYPost.com -- Dec. 27, 2005 -- Most people would jump at the chance to be considered a hot babe. But, for Katherine Irby, it's a double-edged sword. She is considered the hottest babe on Consumating.com. The only catch is that Consumating is a dating site for "hot nerdy girls and indie rock guys." Guess it's better to be considered a hot nerd than an ugly normal person, right? For more on this story, visit the NYPost.com.

Thursday, December 29, 2005

BBW - The Online Dating Phenomenon

You may be asking yourself, "What does BBW mean?" BBW stands for a Big Beautiful Woman. And, unless you are brand new to the world of online dating, you have probably heard the phrase before. Over the last few years, many dating sites have started catering specifically to BBW's and the men/women who admire and want to meet them.

What type of woman would be considered a Big Beautiful Woman? Almost every woman. Contrary to belief, not all BBW women are fat girls. Of course, if you took Hollywood's definition of a beautiful woman, then anyone over 100 pounds is overweight!

I like to think of her as a beautiful woman who is proud of how God made her. She exudes confidence. She is healthy, but not obsessive. She is a curvy woman who is comfortable with herself and proud of it. Some of the most confident and successful women in Hollywood would be considered BBW's. Some examples include:

  • Queen Latifah
  • The Model Emme
  • Cybill Shepherd
  • Kathy Najimy
  • Kirstie Alley
  • Camryn Manheim
  • Megan Mullaly
  • Delta Burke
  • Oprah Winfrey
  • Jennifer Lopez
  • The late Marilyn Monroe
As you can see from the list above, many of the women are by no means fat. That is the point. A BBW woman is a woman who looks like she should. Marilyn Monroe was, and in some circles, still is the sexiest woman who ever lived. However, she was a voluptuous woman, who by today's standard might be considered overweight.

That is why BBW Dating Sites such as BBWSinglesFinder.com have flourished. Many men are tired of women looking like brooms with long hair. Men naturally like and want curves. Why do you think Jennifer Lopez is considered one of the sexiest women in the world? Because of her curves. It's time women were celebrated for who they are. If you are a single Big Beautiful Woman, log on to sites such as BBWDate.net to discover all the different types of BBW dating sites out there. You'll be surprised at how many men are looking for someone just like you.


Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Dating Site Allows Full Access to Entire Site Upon First Login

This a rarity in online dating... Allowing singles to join a dating site for free and the first time you login, you have full reign of the entire site. Not partial access, but full access. The site is EliteMate.com. I decided to test the site out, and sure enough, upon logging in the first time, I had full access.

Why is this so ground-breaking? Because most dating sites, no matter how wonderful they are, only allow limited access for free members. I think EliteMate is on to something here. I think it's something that all online dating sites should do. Some sites make the free membership so limited that you don't really get a feel for the site at all. And, unless the site has tremendous marketing exposure behind it like an eHarmony or Yahoo! Personals, singles are always hesitant to join a dating site they may not have seen before.

But, if you allow them to come inside and see the "real" site, the chances of them joining as a paid member go way up exponentially. For this reason, I recommend you give EliteMate a try. Join for free and see for yourself. And, to sweeten the pot, they offer some wonderful added value benefits if you join like a free subscription to Travel Savvy, a magazine devoted to single travelers. For more information about EliteMate, visit Alternative-Dating-Sites.com.

Good luck and Happy Dating!

Tuesday, December 27, 2005

British man on his hands and knees for love

From Yahoo News -- A British man is giving a whole new meaning to begging to be loved as he set off on a 55-mile (88.5 kilometres) crawl on his hands and knees to find a partner.

With a sign saying "Could you Love Me?" strapped to his back and 18 boxes of chocolates trailing behind him on string tied to his wrists and ankles, Mark McGowan began his unusual quest to find a girlfriend. His route will take him from the site of the Tabard Inn, in Southwark, south London, to Canterbury Cathedral, following the pilgrims' trail made famous in 14th century author Geoffrey Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales".

The 37-year-old performance artist, who said he is also hoping to raise awareness of people left lonely and isolated during the festive period, is hoping to complete the back-breaking task within 30 days. For the complete story on this strange but dedicated man, visit Yahoo.com.

Dr. Phil Wants to help you Love Smart

From CBSNews.com -- Finding the perfect relationship is no easy task, but maintaining it can be even harder. Dr. Phil McGraw provides tips on how to keep your relationship out of a rut in his new book "Love Smart: Find The One You Want — Fix The One You Got."

Dr. Phil and Robin, his wife of nearly 30 years, sat down with The Early Show co-anchor Rene Syler and offered advice on rekindling the romance in your relationship. In his book, Dr. Phil says falling in love is different from being in love.

"Well, actually, it's different in terms of your experience. But it's also different biochemically," he said. "There is actually some research that shows that there are different experiences internally. When you're falling in love, it's exciting, it's exhilarating. Everything is great. Then when you are just being in love, it's not worse, it's just different. Instead of being exciting and exhilarating all the time, it's comfortable, it's predictable, it's secure." To read the complete story, visit CBSNews.com.

Monday, December 26, 2005

Learn the Fine Art of Flirting

Do you know how to flirt? If not, you need to learn. Did you know that it is not necessarily your looks or your bank account that will get you the Date of Your Dreams? Even those with average features and ordinary bank account funds can have the pleasure of being with someone they thought was unattainable. You think I'm kidding, right? I'm not! Want to know how? By learning "The Fine Art of Flirting"! Click here to learn more about how to flirt...

Sunday, December 25, 2005

5 Ways to Meet Singles During the Holidays

Here's an article I found on Yahoo News courtesy of PRWeb.com that dishes out five ways to meet singles during the holidays. The authors five tips are:

  • Party it Up -- Go to work functions, friendly gatherings or other holiday parties
  • Our favorite -- Look Online!
  • Sport a Wristband -- Everyone is wearing them for different causes these days -- Great conversation starters
  • Hit the Slopes -- You can't beat hot chocolate and snow for romance
  • Head to the Malls -- Sounds corny, but it's a pretty easy place to start up a conversation
For more on the five tips, visit Yahoo.com.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Dr. John Gray, author of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus, comments on Online Dating

Ever wondered what Dr. John Gray, the best-selling author of Men are From Mars, Women are From Venus has to say about online dating? Mark Brooks, editor of OnlinePersonalsWatch.com, interviewed Dr. Gray a few months back. Check out the article here to learn how Dr. Gray would design the ultimate online dating site...

Friday, December 23, 2005

Online Dating Gets Real – Forget the Super Model, go for the Big Beautiful Woman

PRWeb.com -- Hollywood may endorse thin and skinny, but in the real world, men prefer Big Beautiful Women. BBW is an online phenomenon that has almost become an online obsession for many men. One site celebrating BBW women and the men who admire them is www.bbwsinglesfinder.com. To read the entire press release, visit PRWeb.com.

Thursday, December 22, 2005

Things You Should Never Say To A Date

From SavvyInsider.com -- Trying to find your one true love and have that last first date is a difficult enough task. There are so many factors that complicate the search. However, if you want to have a successful dating life, there are certain phrases that should never … are you listening … NEVER, come out of your lips. To wet your appetite, here are a couple from the list:

  1. What are you thinking? Deadly question. The answer's never the truth.
  2. Where is this going? No where now that you asked.
For the complete list, visit SavvyInsider.com.

Wednesday, December 21, 2005

Think Outside the Dating Box

Most singles, whether they are just getting out of a relationship or have been single for quite some time, tend to look for the same type of people they have always dated. They aren't thinking outside the DATING BOX. The beauty of online dating is it enables you to think outside of the Dating Box much easier than the traditional singles scene. Devlyn Steele wants to help you think outside the Dating Box by challenging you to look for someone that you think might not be your type. Afterall, dating your type doesn't seem to have worked so far. Why not give it a try? Check out her article online at Personalads.cc.

Tuesday, December 20, 2005

Yahoo to Plug Security Hole in Dating Site

ZDNet.com -- Dec. 20, 2005 -- Yahoo plans to tighten security on its dating site after a security expert uncovered a method for breaking into members' accounts. The main problem is that Yahoo Personals ads contain clues about key personal information--namely birth date and ZIP code--that members also use to reset their passwords. If an intruder obtains that data, the only thing that would block him from changing passwords and accessing accounts are members' secret questions, such as "What's your pet's name?" "What is your favorite pastime?" and "What is your all-time favorite sports team?" Read the complete article at ZDNet.com

Monday, December 19, 2005

A Holiday Gift Guide for Guys in a New Relationship

Here is an interesting article by Holli Bentz. She dishes out her rules for gift giving for single guys in relationships. Some excerpts from the article:

Bad Holiday Gift Idea Scenarios

A holiday gift with you in mind - Let's say she has cable television but she does not have every single sport's channels. A subscription to all the stations with baseball, football, hockey and so forth are not going to make her gush with joy.

Self Improvement Gifts - If you think she's nice but you'd like her a few pounds lighter, the subscription to Weight Watchers® is not the way to go."

Holiday Gifting Ideas for Her

Dating her for 3 weeks to 1 month: If you've only been dating under a month, there's no need to break your bank. After all, you don't know where everything is headed. Since the future of the relationship is a little uncertain, think cheap attentiveness. For example, if she drinks green tea, a matching teacup and kettle in a favorite color demonstrates that you are tuned into to her taste.

The present does not need to exceed $40. It's enough to say you'd like to continue dating and see where things go.

As you can see from the above excerpts, Holli dishes out some very valuable gift do's and don't's for single guys. Click here for the complete article.

Sunday, December 18, 2005

Online Dating Do's and Don't's

Ever wondered what the protocol is for online dating? Are you new and wondering how the process works? Here are some guidelines you should follow before embarking on the exciting world of online dating. Some tips you'll learn are:

  • How to be cautious and follow your instincts
  • What type of phone to use when it's time to make a call
  • Take your time and call when YOU are ready
  • Where to meet for the first time and how to get there
  • And, finally, what to do if the first meeting it's going well
And, lastly, always use your common sense!

Saturday, December 17, 2005

How To Master Online Ad Posting

Jeff Cohen from Dating.About.com offers tips on how to master online dating ad posting. Some of his tips are:

  • Be honest about your age
  • Use a realistic photograph
  • Describe yourself accurately
  • Come across optimistic
  • Be brief and clear
  • Avoid spelling mistakes
For complete details on the above tips, visit Jeff's column at Dating.About.com.

Friday, December 16, 2005

Why Do Women Like Bad Boys?

Ever wondered why women like Bad Boys? It seems that the more cocky and mean a guy acts, the more women are attracted to him. Why is this? Robert Torrey offers some interesting observations. He interviewed various women about Bad Boys. Here is one woman's comments:

"Love and sex is stronger when it has intense emotions. The nice guy is like taking Amtrak whereas the bad boy is like a roller-coaster. Nice guys can be manipulative. Sure they are always nice to you, but it is just to get others to be nice back to them, and that isn't real or natural for lovers.

There's no challenge in nice guys. Women like a challenge and want to be able to reform a bad boy. It's more flattering for a bad boy to like you. It is more special for a guy to treat most of the people he meets like jerks, but treats you nicely."

For more comments, read the entire article at Alternative-Dating-Sites.com.

Friday, December 09, 2005

Man Dates Gal on Internet for Six Months - And it Turns Out She's His Mother!

Yahoo Entertainment -- Dec. 9, 2005 -- Skirt-chasing playboy Daniel Anceneaux spent weeks talking with a sensual woman on the Internet before arranging a romantic rendezvous at a remote beach -- and discovering that his on-line sweetie of six months was his own mother!

"I walked out on that dark beach thinking I was going to hook up with the girl of my dreams," the rattled bachelor later admitted. "And there she was, wearing white shorts and a pink tank top, just like she'd said she would.

"But when I got close, she turned around -- and we both got the shock of our lives. I mean, I didn't know what to say. All I could think was, 'Oh my God! it's Mama!' "

But the worst was yet to come. Just as the mortified mother and son realized the error of their ways, a patrolman passed by and cited them for visiting a restricted beach after dark. Read the complete article here.

Sunday, December 04, 2005

4 Dating Habits You Should Dump

Do all your dates seem to lead nowhere? Are all of your dates first dates? Maybe you are doing something wrong. Here are 4 bad dating habits you should dump immediately:

  • Sharing Every Hobby
  • Loving Each and Every Friend and Family Member
  • Over-Analyzing
  • Fixating on the Future
Read more about these four bad dating habits here.

Saturday, December 03, 2005

The 7 Habits of Highly Successful Dating

1) Don’t look at other women. 2) Make her feel like a queen. 3) Be yourself. 4) Don't ever talk about your past relationships. 5) Treat your first date as if going for an "interview". 6) Don’t keep splurging and living like a millionaire unless you are one yourself. 7) Be observant. Click here for more details on these seven habits...

Friday, December 02, 2005

A Single Soldier is Just One Click Away

Online dating has become extremely popular over the past year. One dating site is providing a service unlike any others. The Military Dating Network (www.militarydatingnetwork.com) brings together single soldiers from around the world with the men and women who admire them. A single soldier is truly just a click away. Visit eMediaWire.com to read the complete press release.

Thursday, December 01, 2005

Can Online Dating Really Work?

Here are the dozen do's of online dating:

1. Offer a complete & honest profile. 2. Have an inviting screen name. 3. Post your photo. 4. Respond to others promptly. 5. Be light & humorous at first. 6. Pace your sharing. 7. Ask stimulating questions. 8. Give detailed answers. 9. If you're not interested, say so. 10. Handle rejection gracefully. 11. Move to the phone soon. 12. Take precautions before meeting.

Romance Coach,Leslie Karsner, PhD, offers her thoughts on the Dozen Do's...

Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Looking for a Legitimate BBW Dating Site

It seems that in the last couple of years, BBW Dating Sites have exploded in popularity on the internet. But, one question that should always be asked about a so-called "BBW Dating Site" is, "Is this a legitimate dating site where a Big Beautiful Woman can find a man who is truly looking for a BBW to personally meet, or where a BBW Admirer can find a BBW woman who is seeking someone to sweep her off her feet?" For more on this subject, read the entire press release at PRweb.com.

Friday, November 25, 2005

Niche Dating Sites Match Habits, Pets, Disabilities

The Washington Times -- Nov. 25, 2005 -- Tracy Saks, a mother of three, didn't know whether she would ever date again after her divorce in 1998. It had been 16 years since she was single, and she had an extra hurdle to overcome: multiple sclerosis.

"If you're disabled, it's difficult to meet somebody because you don't know if they're going to accept the disability or if they're prepared to be able to deal with the disability," Ms. Saks said. Then she had an idea. After attending a support group for people with joint diseases, Ms. Saks thought of an efficient way for single people with disabilities to meet one another.

"I went online and I looked under 'disabled dating' and there was nothing," said Ms. Saks, who debuted Special Singles Online (www.specialsinglesonline.com) in July 2004. "People were writing to me immediately." For more on this inspiring woman's story, visit WashingtonTimes.com.

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